November 21, 2013
Mr. Taylor plays "Crazy John". He is one of that wonderful genre "Character Actor" that you would never recognize by name, but his face is very familiar.
The episode has gottten very bad reviews on IMDB, but it is not bad. I agree with the other reviewer about Ms. Deering's hair. It is really pretty in this episode.
February 4, 2009
A story ripped from the day's headlines
Flying saucers and infiltrators from another planet, a sinister conspiracy of silence and a woman torn between her mission and her man. A genuine sci-fi plot line, as well as a dark allegory for red panic, as American is swept by fears of communist infiltrators, communist conspiracies and the sinister silence of the 'comrades' plotting to do us in.
Two things surprised me about Jack Carter in this eppy. First, he doesn't look that young, unlike many of the other future well-knowns we see in ToT. Second, his acting apparently always stunk on ice. The voice is a bit less gravelly than his sit-com days, but the wooden, two speed, motivation-less Jack is right there.
Olive Deering is well coiffed for the role, and the camera angels help her look the part. "Crazy John" is a bright spot, character acting at its best.
Continuity note, it gets lost as the camera man tries to hold frame on "Ginny's" face, but that is the piece of steel from "Crazy John" that "Ginny" pulls out of "Vic's" bag as she throws herself on the bed weeping.